Breaking Ground 2009

2009 Featured Artists


Lydia Diamond ............
playwright, Lizzie Stranton
Fabian Obispo ............
composer, Long Season
Jacqui Parker ............
playwright, Jeanie Don't Sing No Mo'
Joyce Van Dyke ............
playwright, Deported / a dream play
Chay Yew ............
book and lyrics, Long Season



  • Lydia Diamond (Lizzie Stranton)

    Huntington Playwriting Fellow Lydia R. Diamond's plays include Stick Fly ('08 Susan S. Blackburn Finalist, '06 Black Theatre Alliance Award — Best Play), Voyeurs de Venus ('06 Joseph Jefferson Award — Best New Work, '06 BTAA — Best Writing), The Bluest Eye ('06 Black Arts Alliance Image Award — Best New Play, '08 AATE Distinguished Play Award), The Gift Horse (Theadore Ward Prize, Kesselring Prize 2nd Place), Harriet Jacobs, and Lizzie Stranton. Theatres include Arena Stage, Chicago Dramatists, Company One, Congo Square, Goodman, Hartford Stage, Huntington Theatre Company, Long Wharf, McCarter Theatre Company, MPAACT, Playmakers Rep, New Vic, Steppenwolf, TrueColors, L.A. Theatre Works, The Matrix Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, Underground Railway Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and The Contemporary American Theatre Festival. Lydia has been commissioned by Steppenwolf, McCarter, Huntington, Actor's Theatre of Louisville/Victory Gardens, Humana, Boston University, and Roundabout. Stick Fly is published by NU Press. The Bluest Eye, The Gift Horse, and Stage Black are published by Dramatic Publishing. Lydia was a 2007 TCG/NEA Playwright in Residence at Steppenwolf, an '06/'07 Huntington Playwriting Fellow, is a TCG Executive Board Member, and a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists. Lydia is on faculty at Boston University.

    Additionally, her play Stick Fly is included as a part of our 2009-2010 American Season. Learn more.





  • Fabian Obispo (Composer, Long Season)

    Fabian Obispo returns to the Huntington where he designed sound and composed music for the world premiere of José Rivera's Boleros for the Disenchanted, directed by Chay Yew, in 2008, and Iphigenia in 1991. His recent Off Broadway credits include Grace, A Very Common Procedure, Last Easter, Intrigue With Faye, Bright Ideas, What of the Night, Oroonoko, The Children of Vonderly, Durango, The Right Kind of People, No Foreigners Beyond this Point, The Romance of Magno Rubio, Two Sisters and a Piano, and The Square. Regionally, he has designed and composed for Arena Stage, Guthrie Theater, Goodman Theatre, D.C.’s Shakespeare Theatre Company, The Kennedy Center, Folger Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, American Conservatory Theater, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Hartford Stage, Long Wharf Theatre, Syracuse Stage, New York Stage & Film, Westport Country Playhouse, Asolo Repertory Playhouse, and Perseverance Theatre, among others. His work has been recognized with the American Theatre Wing’s Hewes Design Award, as well as Helen Hayes, Barrymore, NAACP, Jackie, and Bay Area Critics Circle award nominations.





  • Jacqui Parker (Jeanie Don't Sing No Mo')

    Huntington Playwriting Fellow Jacqui Parker is a playwright, a director, an Elliot Norton Award-winning actor, and a six-time recipient of the Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) Award, as well as a recipient of the 2004 Boston Theatre Hero Award given by StageSource. She is the Artistic Director of the Our Place Theatre Project and the founder of Boston's annual African American Theatre Festival. Her play Dark as a Thousand Midnights won the 2006 IRNE Award for Best Play. Dark as a Thousand Midnights and her play Feathers on My Arms...Zora Neale Flying High premiered at the African American Theatre Festival at the Huntington's Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA.






  • Joyce Van Dyke (Deported / a dream play)

    Huntington Playwriting Fellow Joyce Van Dyke received the 2009 Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding New Script for The Oil Thief, which was commissioned by the Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloane Foundation Science and Technology Project, and received its premiere in 2008 at the Boston Playwright's Theatre. Her play A Girl's War premiered at New Repertory Theatre in 2003. She has been developing Deported, a true story about her grandmother, with director Judy Braha and a company of actors for two years through improvisation, taped interviews of survivors, photos, memoirs, and letters.







  • Chay Yew (Book and Lyrics, Long Season)

    Chay Yew's production credits include the world premiere of José Rivera's Boleros for the Disenchanted at the Huntington, as well as work at The Public Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, The Kennedy Center, Mark Taper Forum, Long Wharf Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Goodman Theatre, American Conservatory Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Portland Center Stage, Geva Theatre Center, Empty Space, National Asian American Theatre Company, Laguna Playhouse in the Park, Theatre at Boston Court, Gala Hispanic Theatre, Singapore Repertory Theatre, Ma-Yi Theater Company, Cornerstone Theater Company, Northwest Asian American Theatre, Walk & Squawk, Highways Performance Space, Pillsbury Playhouse, Smithsonian Institute, and Theatre Rhinoceros. His opera credits include the world premieres of Osvaldo Golijov and David Henry Hwang's Ainadamar (co-production with Tanglewood Music Center, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and Los Angeles Philharmonic) and Rob Zuidam's Rage D’Amors (Tanglewood Music Center). Mr. Yew’s upcoming projects include world premieres of Kenneth Lin’s Po Boy Tango at Northlight Theatre and Robert O’Hara’s Antebellum at Wooley Mammoth Theatre Company. He is also presently editing Version 3.0, an anthology of new Asian American plays for Theatre Communications Group Publications. An alumnus of New Dramatists, he serves on the Executive Board of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. He is a recipient of the Dramalogue and OBIE Awards for Direction. Mr. Yew is a graduate of Boston University.


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